Located At: 1/2-mile from the Assateague Island Visitor Center on Rt. 611,
Berlin, MD 21811
Hours of operation:
Open Seasonally from May through October. For
specific times and admission fees, please visit our website.
About this museum:
House: Assateague's Coastal Heritage Center
to Assateague State Park have an opportunity to learn about colonial life along
Maryland's coast when they visit historic Rackliffe House. Rackliffe,
overlooking Sinepuxent Bay, is a beautifully restored 18th-century coastal
plantation house located at the end of Tom Patton Lane, just a half-mile hike
from the Assateague Island Visitor Center.
The late Tom Patton,
founding President of the Rackliffe House Trust, envisioned the House as a site
for coastal heritage interpretation. The Trust, in partnership with the
Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Assateague State Park, has
restored Rackliffe House and conducted preliminary archeological
investigations of the surrounding property. The Trust is now operating the
structure and surrounding three acres of property as a museum. The plantation
house is reportedly the only one of its kind and vintage in the Mid-Atlantic
region that is open to the public.
House is open seasonally, from May through October. Visitors may hike to
Rackliffe House any day between dawn and dusk to view the House exterior and
explore the grounds. Visitors are asked to park in the lot for the Assateague
Island Visitor Center and walk to the House along Tom Patton Lane, or hike
along nature trails created by Assateague State Park that offer a more scenic
path to Rackliffe House.